Matt Zurbo (who has played over 500 games of local footy) has picked his Team of the Century of blokes who haven’t had a run in the AFL. He invites you to nominate a few champions you know, have played with, have seen. Today he’s after mid-fielders.
In this second part of Old Dog’s interview with Fred Wooller he hears of Polly, Bobby and the 1963 Grand Final victory.
Matt Zurbo with the first part of his chat with Geelong premiership skipper Fred Wooller. (Note the unlikely reference to ten-pin bowling.)
Matt Zurbo is working his way into his 31st season. And his enthusiasm has never waned.
Let’s get this straight, Billy Williams is a champion. You think so the minute you meet him. Triple South Melbourne best and fairest, Bloods Team of the Century member, Australian Rules Hall of Fame. The only surviving Swan from the Bloodbath Grand Final. A ripper jag of titles, but there’s something more to [Read more]
Matt Zurbo has a chat with North premiership player Ross Henshaw.
Matt Zurbo can spot a footy-lover amid the ordinariness of routine life. He explains how. And he’s keen to hear other spottings.
Our town is a small thing. Three shops and an empty pub long. The centre of our rural community. Dairy, logging, and a sprinkling of vineyards. It has double the population most people think it has. But nobody sees the tree changers.
Kids books are funny things. Sometimes I write a few on days I get rained out in the bush. It’s all stories. Footy, playing it, is full of experiences, stories. So is going to a game to support. You want to write. Do. Live life and stories will follow. Sometimes, even, the inspiration [Read more]
Matt Zurbo discovers the birthplace of Nick’s Collingwood page and a few things about Joffa, Bucks and Eddie.
It’s the last stop of our encore performance of Matt Zurbo’s Off Season Odyssey.
Junior legends: If I had a drink in my hand, I’d raise it to all the former champions. To the places life takes them. To people already past their prime, which they reached as young teenagers.
The road is a hungry thing, calling, even when it’s made of nothing but sand.
Rugby is tough, relentless. Teams run to patterns and plans. Weaknesses are exposed. It’s hard man’s chess, where players like the Storms’ Billy Slater are knights, able to cut at angles, and jump over you to find space.
We continue the encore series of Off Season Odyssey, with Matt Zurbo in the Islander community of Umagico, where language carries a culture.
There is no worse feeling in football. None. To be left on the woodwork. To be unspent. Even injury is better. Coaches who leave kids on the pine for all bar 15 minutes don’t understand the game. They aren’t coaches. It’s that simple.
In our encore performance of Off Season Odyssey, Matt Zurbo lobs in Port Douglas for footy training.
As we revisit Matt Zurbo’s Off Season Odyssey, the old dog tracks down the Messiah in north Queensland.